Pieces of News

October 9, 2018

Richard Ford will deliver the third annual Eudora Welty lecture at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. on Thursday, October 9th at 7:30 p.m. He is the co-editor with Michael Kreyling of the two volumes of Welty’s complete works for the Library of America series.

August 5, 2018

Dr. Katy Simpson Smith, novelist and historian, will be the first to hold the newly created Eudora Welty Chair for Southern Literature at Millsaps College: Eudora Welty Chair

July 18, 2018

Eds. Jacob Agner and Harriet Pollack
Edited Collection CFP

It’s no secret that southern author Eudora Welty was an adamant believer in mystery. In so many of her fictions and photographs, Welty’s genius relies heavily on the puzzling detail, the withholding plot, the cryptic conclusion, and the opaque mystery at the heart of her characters’ motivations. It is less known, however, how often in these puzzling stories Welty engages with the mystery genre. A prolific reader and moviegoer, Welty was an enthusiastic fan of crime and detective fiction, and consequently, from her Depression-era collection A Curtain of Green (1941) through her Civil Rights stories (1960s) and late-life manuscripts, many of her fictions in unexpected ways touch the topics of murder, mystery, and mayhem, of criminal psychology, detective work, policing, and/or justice. Not coincidentally, the most productive period of Welty’s career (approximately from 1941 to 1955) coincides with the “classic” film noir phase in Hollywood cinema. Then in her late life, Welty shared a literary relationship and epistolary intimacy with crime writer Ross Macdonald (aka Kenneth Millar). Yet the full mystery of Eudora Welty’s genre work is still something to be uncovered.

This collection aims to follow the clues in Eudora Welty’s fiction, photography, juvenilia, non-fiction, correspondence, and biography to discover the ways in which Weltyworked within, against, and beyond mystery and detective fiction. How do Eudora Welty’s signature talents as a southern modernist, a woman writer, a comedic eye, and an innovative genre revisionist take on the American crime genre?

This CFP invites essays on the following topics (and more). Please address enquiries and 300-word proposals to jkagner@olemiss.edu and pollackh@cofc.edu by 12.15.18.

April 14, 2018

Sarah Gilbreath Ford is the winner of the 2017 Phoenix award, given by the Eudora Welty Society for distinguished achievement and outstanding contributions to Welty studies.

February 20, 2018

Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Mortimer have edited a collection of essays with the University Press of Mississippi entitled Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twentieth-First-Century Approaches.

November 8, 2017

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivered the second annual Eudora Welty Lecture at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.

October 20, 2018

Salman Rushdie gave the inaugural Eudora Welty Lecture at the Washington National Cathedral. The event was sponsored by the Eudora Welty Foundation and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library.


June 6, 2016

Harriet Pollack has a new book on Welty out with University of Georgia Press entitled Eudora Welty’s Fiction and Photography: The Body of the Other Woman.

April 7, 2016

Julia Eichelberger has been the named the winner of the 2016 Phoenix Award, given by the Eudora Welty Society for outstanding service to Welty studies.